Improving the efficiency of the supersonic binary fluid ejector using computational fluid dynamic modeling

The only commercially available technology that directly uses thermal energy to produce cooling is absorption chillers, which are not economical for small-medium scale buildings (<100,000 sq.ft.) and suffer from serious performance
limitations. May-Ruben Thermal Solutions (MRTS) is developing a novel Binary Fluid Ejector (BFE) that will provide a high-performance, economic, scalable, thermally-driven heat pump and refrigeration cycle. Early applications include

Impacts of hydroelectricity production on aquatic ecosystems: Development of key environmental indicators for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach

In boreal and temperate regions, dams are mainly constructed to provide ecosystem services such as hydroelectricity production. River impoundment and the alteration of natural hydrological regimes are suggested to be major disturbances to aquatic ecosystems. To meet long-term environmental objectives for sustainable development, Hydro-Quebec recently adopted the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach. LCA is an ISO standardized approach assessing the potential environmental impacts of product, services and processes throughout its entire life cycle.

Pollution control of gas mixtures: gas monitoring and detection of contaminants usingnovel THz technology

Electric power plants are the number one toxic air polluters in North America. The emitted pollutants are proven to cause serious health and environmental issues. The emission of Carbon dioxide and of other pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide - major drivers of the human-accelerated global climate change- must be monitored insitu. Our goal for the present project is to explore the properties of Terahertz radiation for control of pollution in the atmosphere. In particular, we intend to develop a new waveguide-integrated gas monitor, based on Bragg grating sensors.

Initial Investigation of the Synthesis andCharacterization of Novel Core-Shell Pt Catalysts

Presently, platinum (Pt) nanoparticles are required to catalyze the desired redox reactions at the anode and cathode of proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). The high cost of this precious metal catalyst remains a barrier to the wide spread commercialization of PEMFCs, particularly for automotive applications. In an effort to reduce the Pt loading in PEMFCs, this research project is focused on the design of novel catalysts which consist of depositing a 1-2 monolayer “shell” of Pt onto a less expensive metal which acts as a “core”.

Developing 3D GIS Web Services and Applying It in Oil and Gas Pipeline GeographicalInformation System

Currently, developing 3D pipeline GIS (Geographical Information System) with 3D data interoperability is not only highly required by pipeline industry but also essential for building 3D SDI (Spatial Data Infrastructure). This project proposes a novel approach to develop a new 3D GIS Web Services framework and components that is suitable for 3D Pipeline GIS and 3D SDI. The specific objectives of the project are to:

1) Develop a new 3D GIS Web Services framework that is suitable for 3D pipeline GIS considering its data feature.

Engaging stakeholders to evaluate alternatives in energy system planning through agentbased automated negotiation

The objective of this project is to improve long-term planning of Alberta's electricity system infrastructure in collaboration with an industry sponsor, Alberta Electricity System Operator (AESO). The project aims at engaging stakeholders in a regional planning exercise in southern Alberta by a detailed exploration of their perspectives when evaluating energy system alternatives. This was identified by AESO as being a pressing gap in their current practice.

Études numériques de la diffusion ionique dans les cathodes pour piles de nouvellegénération au magnésium et au sodium


Le projet proposé en collaboration entre l'Université de Montréal et l'Institut de Recherche d'Hydro-Québec (IREQ) vise à accélérer le développement et la commercialisation de piles rechargeables basées sur le magnésium et le sodium en améliorant notre compréhension fondamentale et théorique des enjeux associés avec cette technologie. Les objectifs concrets du projet sont

• améliorer la compréhension des processus de diffusion au sein de certaines cathodes prometteuses pour application dans des piles d'intercalation au magnésium et au sodium,

Smart Water Distribution Systems to Conserve Energy and Water

Water Innovation Project (administered through the Ministry of the Environment) involving the Canadian Urban Institute and the University’s Cities Centre wherein these metrics were successfully applied to the City of Toronto’s water supply system and had the effect of changing the way these systems are thought about; that is, through the lens of energy flows.

Investigation of In-Situ Flux Effect on Hydride Properties in Zr-2.5Nb Pressure Tubes in CANDU Reactors

The main objective of this proposal is to investigate the effect of in-situ flux on the structure and fracture properties of zirconium hydrides in cold-worked Zr-2.5Nb pressure tube material. 3. Experimental Methodology Post Doctoral Fellow Name: Yasir Idrees 3.1 Material and Specimen Preparation An unirradiated, cold-worked Zr-2.5Nb pressure tube will be used for this work. A tube section will be hydrided to target hydrogen concentration of 150 ppm using an electrolytic hydriding and thermal diffusion technique.

Development of High-Performance Microwave Radio Network Systems with Broadband and Polarization Diversity Antennas to be Integrated with High-Speed Optical Fiber Networks

Objectives: Manitoba Hydro Telecom (MHT) has proposed the development of a state-of-the-art optical communication network using Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexers (ROADM) employing Wave Division Multiplexing (WDM). MHT will use ROADMs compliant with currently established industry standards such as ITU G.709 and G.8032. ROADMs with WDM methods with 50 GHz channel spacing enable up to 88 wavelengths to be carried on a single optical fiber.